Actor Iwai Shijaku I as a Woman Street Musician (Onnadayû), from Dance Number of Moon, Snow, and Flowers (Getsusetsuka shosagoto no uchi)

「月雪花所作事ノ内」「女太夫 岩井紫若」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.5 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39325

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Kaite Mitsu Ôgi no E-awase
Scene: Mikazuki ni Fuji no Uraba
Play: Kazashi no Hana Shibai no Sangatsu
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection